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Dwarf sunflower-Sunsation.

I am going to have a go at growing Dwarf sunflowers this year.

I bought an actual  plant from Wilkos in the summer and saved all the seeds.

March seems like a good time to sow them indoors, unless someone here advises otherwise?

My intention is to plant them out as a border plants.

I don't know how long the variety has been available, but I only came by them in 2017. Has anyone else on here grown them? Growing tips would be gratefully acknowledged.image

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  • LynLyn DevonPosts: 19,925

    March to April is a good time to sow indoors then plant out in May. 

    They are pollen free so I suppose that means no advantage to bees? 

    I hope they come true for you as not all collected seeds will.

    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • Thank you for your advice Lynn.

    I didn't know that some plants are pollen free, so I have leant  something there.

     Although I am growing them for me (as opposed to the bees), given a choice I prefer to see bees on the flowers.

    Last summer I was planting lots of  Rudbeckia in an area that had not  been  previously cultivated.

    There had been many hot days,and the area was  very dry. Before I had completed all the planting, a swarm of ground bees moved in and nested under the soil.

    That area had to be left fallow as I didn't want to disturb them.

    Last edited: 16 January 2018 09:18:07

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